Pro hurls headcover at caddie after '$15k error'

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The Web.com Tour’s Bahamas Great Abaco Classic was heading towards an exciting conclusion on Wednesday evening – and then things kicked off.

Aussie pro Rhein Gibson headed to the 18th needing a birdie to force a play-off with Adam Svensson but, with his second shot, he found a hazard.

His ball was eventually found and he took a drop, but he was assessed an additional penalty because an official ruled his temporary caddie, Brandon Davis, picked it up while it was still in play.

Angry at the caddie’s mistake, Gibson chipped his fifth shot onto the green and, as he grabbed his putter, he threw the headcover forcefully at Davis’ chest.

The mistake knocked Gibson from a two-way tie for second with Sungjae Im to solo third – costing him approximately $15,000.

He took to Twitter afterwards to issue this apology to Davis.

However, Davis – who also caddied for Gibson last week – was on Twitter too, insisting that the error was the mistake of the rules official Jim Duncan, the vice president of rules, competitions and administration for the Web.com Tour.

Here’s his explanation:

But, in an interview with Golf Channel, rules official Duncan strongly disputed this.

"Contrary to what Brandon said, I did not find the ball," he said. "(Gibson) was kind of looking in the high grass or whatever, and I turned around and said to Rhein that we had found the ball. And the caddie had actually sort of gotten behind me, and Rhein's now walking toward me, and I turn around and that's when (Davis) picked the ball up.

"And before I can even say a word, now Rhein goes, 'Well, I guess I can't play it now.'"

The penalty was given under Rule 18-2, which says a shot will be added if a caddie moves a ball while at rest without a player's authority.

"I know when I see guys that I'd say are veteran caddies in a search like this, I can picture a few people and they've got the bag down and they let the player decide everything," he continued.

"Touching a player's ball, or doing acts that that the player normally does in the foundation of golf, there's a lot of things that can actually get the player in trouble that the caddie does."

One thing’s for sure though, caddie Davis won’t be working with Gibson again anytime soon.

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